The creation of man and his days on earth, the prophets, people and times of the Old Testament, the birth of Jesus who was born of the virgin Mary, the beginning and relentless march of the church of God across the nations of the earth have all been validated, made real and significant because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. His resurrection authenticates every thing Christians believe.
Every Easter and every Sunday, we celebrate all that is bright and beautiful, good and desirable, all that is filled with life and forgiveness.
The message of Easter is simple, but strong in every dimension and need of life. Only three short words describe the day, “He is risen!” For most Christians the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated every Sunday or Saturday.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the front-page headline of one major story of the Charleston (WV) Gazette, stated, “Winter Intrudes on Spring”. Tuesday morning it snowed until noon, none sticking to the ground. Springtime has its differences, from one extreme to another.
What happened at the time of the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ and Son of God, convinces me beyond any doubt or hesitancy that Jesus Christ is who He said He was. Who were the people who saw Him the day of His resurrection and the days that followed?
On day one, Mary Magdalene was weeping, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him. Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus” (John 20:13-16). Mary thought He was the gardener. Jesus called her by name and she then recognized Him.
Mary hurried to tell the disciples about this experience. Read the rest of the chapter and learn that later that day the disciples were in a room where the doors were closed and “Jesus came and stood in their midst.”
The great resurrection chapter, I Corinthians 15, relates that He was then seen by Peter, by two, by ten, then by more than 500 at one time and most of them were still living when St. Paul wrote about it. All the evidence of His resurrection is enough to convince me.
In the courts of law in our day, just a few witnesses, are enough to convict any person of a crime or to set him free. With such overwhelming odds in favor of Christ’s resurrection, I wonder how anyone could ever doubt it.
God’s Word teaches that Jesus rose from the dead and was seen alive after His crucifixion by more than 500 witnesses. That is more than enough to convince me that He is alive and living today.
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